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  • District tennis roundup: Steinbrenner boys nab first title

    TAMPA — Steinbrenner’s John Pfingsten hasn’t been around long enough to know the history of the Class 4A-7 district championships held at Hunter’s Green, but he changed it with a finishing overhand smash. The Warrior freshman delivered the final point of the tournament right down the middle Tuesday afternoon, putting ...
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    Tue. March 31, 2015 at 9:33 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Saladino Baseball Tournament: Strawberry Crest, Jesuit win early quarterfinals

    Saladino Baseball Tournament: Strawberry Crest, Jesuit win early quarterfinals TAMPA – The early quarterfinal games at the 35th annual Saladino Tournament featured a pair of pitchers who started games at the state final four last season. But the star of the afternoon at Brandon High turned out to be a pitcher who didn't even get out of the first ...
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    Wed. March 11, 2015 at 5:28 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Saladino Baseball Tournament: Day 3 at Brandon

    At Brandon Scores Hillsborough 13, East Bay 6 Riverview 12, Gaither 4 Leto 15, Blake 1 (five innings) Brandon 5, Wharton 4 Pitchers of the day Brandon's Jack Hubbard pitched four innings, allowed two hits and struck out three, but the Eagle bullpen couldn't hold a lead for him. ...Riverview ...
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    Tue. March 10, 2015 at 11:19 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Saladino Baseball Tournament: Day 2 at University of Tampa

    At University of Tampa Scores Tampa Bay Tech 6, King 3 (nine innings) Alonso 2, Plant City 1 (nine innings) Durant 11, Middleton 1 (six innings) Plant 3, Chamberlain 0 Pitchers of the day Alonso's Jordan Butler and Plant City's Ryan Boyd dueled for five scoreless innings Monday afternoon. Butler, ...
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    Mon. March 09, 2015 at 9:17 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Saladino Baseball Tournament: Day 1 at Brandon

    At Brandon Scores Hillsborough 10, Gaither 6 Riverview 2, East Bay 1 Leto 8, Wharton 0 Brandon 16, Blake 0 (five innings) Pitchers of the day Leto right-hander JoJo Bergollo tossed a no-hitter at Wharton. Helped by a defense that flawlessly handled 11 ground balls, Bergollo's effort was punctuated by ...
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    Sat. March 07, 2015 at 11:22 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Softball: Freedom 10, Sickles 0

    TAMPA — Brandee Mull struck out in the first inning with two runners on base, and grounded out in her second at bat. So with Mull on deck and the opportunity to bypass Freedom’s leading hitter Grace Street with an intentional walk, Sickles took it. Mull was miffed. “I wanted ...
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    Tue. March 03, 2015 at 11:27 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State boys basketball: Shooting touch eludes Academy at the Lakes

    State boys basketball: Shooting touch eludes Academy at the Lakes LAKELAND — Academy at the Lakes’ magical and surprising run through the playoffs ended Tuesday afternoon. The Wildcats couldn’t find their shooting range and fell behind early, and despite a handful of rallies, Orlando Agape’s speed, length and athleticism made it too tall a mountain to scale as the Saints ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 7:06 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region boys basketball: St. Petersburg 51, Wharton 33

    TAMPA — St. Petersburg suffered its worst loss of the season against Wharton, a 41-point beatdown in December. Tuesday night, the Green Devils returned the favor. Sparked by a strong effort on the boards and an aggressive defense, and helped by a cold-shooting bunch of Wildcats, St. Petersburg kept its ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 9:51 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region girls basketball: Haines City 65, Freedom 56

    TAMPA — Taylor Emery, Hillsborough County’s all-time leading scorer, got hers Saturday. And that was just fine with Haines City coach Masha Paul. Because Emery didn’t get the victory. Despite 39 points from its best player, Freedom never recovered from early foul trouble, a myriad of zone defenses and an ...
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    Sat. Feb. 14, 2015 at 10:07 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region boys basketball: Freedom 78, Strawberry Crest 54

    TAMPA — Strawberry Crest couldn’t stop Freedom’s Jamal Byrne in the first quarter, couldn’t slow down Sheldon Odunna in the second, and was torched by Chase Creasy in the third. By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, Freedom was able to empty its bench as it cruised to a ...
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    Fri. Feb. 13, 2015 at 12:12 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region girls basketball: Freedom 62, Wiregrass Ranch 43

    TAMPA — Taylor Emery grabbed her spot on the court and waited for the ball. She floated to the middle, sometimes seemingly out of nowhere, to snatch a pass and race in for an uncontested layup. She did this over and over Tuesday night. Problem for Wiregrass Ranch was, those ...
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    Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 at 10:28 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region girls basketball: Freedom 78, Plant City 35

    TAMPA — It started with a pretty little inside move and basket by Megan Clark. Then a short jumper by Taylor Emery. And another. And another. Swish, swish, swish. Emery was pure on a 3-pointer, and so was Nari Garner just a few moments later. Swish, swish. Then Bianca Igwe, ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 10:28 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District boys basketball: Sickles, Freedom move on

    TAMPA — Sickles is headed to the state playoffs for the 11th straight season, and Freedom will join the Gryphons as both posted victories Wednesday night at Steinbrenner in the Class 7A, District 8 semifinals. The Gryphons held off Wiregrass Ranch with its free-throw line markmanship, beating the Bulls 54-48. ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 10:14 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Sickles' Ray Ray McCloud III tempted by USF, but sticks with Clemson (with video)

    Sickles' Ray Ray McCloud III tempted by USF, but sticks with Clemson (with video) For those hoping there was something to the social media buzz claiming Sickles' Ray Ray McCloud III might be changing his mind and was ready to shock the world by choosing USF, well, your window was open for about 60 seconds. McCloud said he woke up at 7 a.m., and ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 6:09 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Wiregrass Ranch's first DI football players in the books

    Wiregrass Ranch's first DI football players in the books Wiregrass Ranch made a little history Wednesday as football players Jaye Miner and Mark Hutchinson became the first from the school to sign Division I letters of intent. And while the longtime friends - it was Miner who introduced Hutchinson to playing football while the two were in seventh grade ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 5:59 p.m. | John C. Cotey

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